NASPA Bylaws
National Association of Shrine and Pilgrimage Apostolate‎

ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION AND BY-LAWS

ARTICLE ONE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SHRINE
The name of the association shall be:
AND PILGRIMAGE APOSTOLATE
ARTICLE TWO
PRINCIPAL OFFICE
The principal office of the association shall be at Basilica of the National Shrine
of the Immaculate Conception (400 Michigan Avenue, NE), in the City of
Washington, in the State of the District of Columbia.  The association may have
other such offices as may from time to time be designated by its members or the
Executive Board.  (The above address will be that of the elected
ARTICLE THREE
PURPOSES
1. To restore the meaning of pilgrimage as a religious and spiritual
experience of renewal, thus enhancing a sense of evangelization to
2. To cooperate with diocesan directors of pilgrimages and pilgrimage
leaders that the pilgrimage experience will become a spiritual
3. To inspire interest in pilgrimages to the shrines sacred to our
Catholic heritage in this country and abroad.
4. To be of service to shrine personnel and directors of pilgrimages in
their ministry in a pilgrim people, and to enable collaboration of
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ARTICLE FOUR
POWERS
In furtherance of the objectives described above, but not limited to these, the
association shall have power to collect and distribute information, to conduct
investigations, to engage in various fund-raising activities, to plan and conduct an
annual convention, to collect annual membership dues and convention fees, to
conduct promotional activities and to hold such property as is necessary to
ARTICLE FIVE
MEMBERSHIP
1. Full Membership.  Full membership is offered to one properly
designated representative of each Shrine that has been established
by competent religious authorities (e.g., has been approved by the
local ordinary as a place of pilgrimage), to authorized directors of
pilgrimages in dioceses and to other persons representing Church
groups deemed appropriate by the Executive Board.
a. Full members who are current in their dues shall enjoy all
privileges of the organization including the right to hold an
b. Full members and associated members are entitled and
expected to promote the organizations’ goals and objectives
among the pastoral network of the Catholic Church in the United
2. Associate Membership.  Associate membership is offered to
private organizations and individuals who wish to participate in the
goals and gatherings of the association in order to foster the
pilgrimage apostolate.
3. Voting.  Those present, with full membership (who are current in
their dues), have one vote on official proposals presented to the
assembly of members at the annual convention.
4. Officers are elected and official proposals are approved by a simple
majority of the voting members present at the convention.
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5. Suspension and Expulsion.  The Executive Board may suspend
any member whose conduct is detrimental to the objectives or
interests of the association or by-laws.  The Executive Board may
expel members only with the approval of the general assembly at the
ARTICLE SIX
DUES AND FINANCES
1. The association will be financially independent through the following
a. The annual dues for full and associate members will be
determined by the Executive Board in union with the general
assembly.  (Currently $225.00 Full Membership, $100
Associate Membership and $175.00 Business Membership.)
b. The annual convention fees and projects sponsored by the
organizations.
c. Donations and contributions of various entities and private
2. Reimbursable expenses include travel, food and lodging for officers
and the convention planning committee for planning sessions.
3. The association is designed as a not-for-profit organization.  The
association shall use its funds only for the objectives and purposes
specified in these articles of association and by-laws.
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ARTICLE SEVEN
CONVENTIONS
The program for conventions will be planned in such a way that it will feature
speakers, workshops, and professional development of interest to the general
membership.  The program will also contain events particular to each of the three
interest groups:  Shrine Personnel, Pilgrimage Directors, and Associate
Members.  Time will be allotted for separate meetings of each group, if
ARTICLE EIGHT
GOVERNMENT
1 The association will be governed by the following officers who will be
know as the Executive Board:
b. Vice-President.
c. Secretary/Treasurer.
a. President – Two years as President, renewable for another
two year term.
b. Vice-President: Two years as Vice-President, with the option
to run/be elected as President.
c. Secretary/Treasurer – Three years, renewable for another
three year period.
3. Duties of the President:
a. To be primarily responsible for the conventions during his/her
years in office.
b. To be responsible for publishing and distributing the
proceedings of the convention.
c. To appoint a recording secretary or secretaries to record
minutes of the convention.
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d. In an election year, or whenever an office becomes vacant, to
appoint a search committee of three persons to nominate
candidates for the office of the President, Vice-President,
and/or Secretary/Treasurer, during the annual convention.  
One member of this committee should be an Associate
Member.  Members of the search committee cannot be
nominated for office.
e. To preside at the annual convention.
f. To serve as spokesperson for the association to interested
g. To choose up to three other members to work with the officers
as a planning committee for the annual convention, at least
one of whom will be an Associate Member.  One person
should also be a member from the staff where the convention
h. To authorize extra-ordinary disbursements.
i. To appoint a committee with the approval of the Episcopal
Liaison and the Representative of the Shrine and Pilgrimage
Apostolate of the United States Catholic Conference, for
particular issues.
j. To call special meetings when there is a need.
k. To work with the membership to develop long range programs
for the Shrine and Pilgrimage Apostolate.
4. Duties of the Vice-President:
a. To preside at the meetings of the organization in the absence
of the President.
b. To perform other duties assigned to him/her by the President,
Episcopal Liaison, or the Shrine and Pilgrimage
Representative of the United States Catholic Conference.
c. To cooperate with the President in the planning of the actual
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5. Duties of the Secretary/Treasurer:
a. To facilitate all mailings of the association.
b. To keep all financial records, including notification and
reception of the annual dues.
c. To maintain the association checking account.
d. To take care of normal operational expenses.
e. To report to the membership, at the annual convention, the
financial status of the association.
f. To record and keep the proceedings of the annual convention.
ARTICLE NINE
RELATIONSHIP TO THE UNITED STATES
CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS
a. To represent the concerns of the organization to the American
b. To encourage the Pilgrimage Apostolate among Shrine
Directors/Rectors, Diocesan Pilgrimage Coordinators and
Pilgrimage Leaders.
c. To be informed of the activities, elections, and decisions of the
d. To promote the apostolate through his own initiatives.
2. Representative of the United States Conference of Catholic
Bishops/Office of Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees.
a. To work closely with the Executive Board of the organization.
b. To provide suggestions and ideas for development in the service
of the organization and apostolate.
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c. To serve as a link between the Executive Board and Episcopal
d. To maintain open dialogue with the organization in the light of the
policies of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
ARTICLE TEN
INSIGNIA
The Executive Board may adopt insignia, colors, badges, and flags for the
association as it deems desirable.
ARTICLE ELEVEN
AMENDMENTS
Any amendment of/to these Articles of Association or By-Laws, may be adopted
by a simple majority of the full members with the right to vote, at the annual
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ARTICLE TWELVE
DISSOLUTION
The association may be dissolved by a vote of two-thirds majority of its full
In the event of dissolution, the property of the association shall be distributed to
another organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c)(3) of
the Internal Revenue Code or a corresponding section of any future tax code.
ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION AND BY-LAWS
The foregoing were approved and adopted by the members of the National
Association of Shrine and Pilgrimage Apostolate on November 2011 and were
President Vice-President
9 November 2011
Secretary/Treasurer Date
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Episcopal Liaison Shrine & Pilgrimage
Representative of USCCB